Thursday, June 8, 2017

Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis |Review

Spinning Starlight
Published by Disney Hyperion on October 6th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 327
Format: ARC

Sixteen-year-old heiress and paparazzi darling Liddi Jantzen hates the spotlight. But as the only daughter in the most powerful tech family in the galaxy, it’s hard to escape it. So when a group of men shows up at her house uninvited, she assumes it’s just the usual media-grubs. That is, until shots are fired.

Liddi escapes, only to be pulled into an interplanetary conspiracy more complex than she ever could have imagined. Her older brothers have been caught as well, trapped in the conduits between the planets. And when their captor implants a device in Liddi’s vocal cords to monitor her speech, their lives are in her hands: One word and her brothers are dead.

Desperate to save her family from a desolate future, Liddi travels to another world, where she meets the one person who might have the skills to help her bring her eight brothers home—a handsome dignitary named Tiav. But without her voice, Liddi must use every bit of her strength and wit to convince Tiav that her mission is true. With the tenuous balance of the planets deeply intertwined with her brothers’ survival, just how much is Liddi willing to sacrifice to bring them back?

Haunting and mesmerizing, this retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Wild Swans strings the heart of the classic with a stunning, imaginative world as a star-crossed family fights for its very survival. 

My Thoughts

I’m not sure how to feel about this book. I liked that it retold a fairytale that isn’t as common. I'd never even heard of the story that the book retold. I loved all of the different concepts that went into creating the world. It is defiantly a futuristic retelling. I though the idea behind blackmailing Liddi was very clever. The majority of this book is Liddi thoughts. If she had spoken, then there wouldn't be that much to the story. The emotions and feelings thrown in throughout the story felt genuine and perfect for Liddi's character and for each situation. 
From what Liddi's tells us, her universe sounds interesting. However, despite some of the intricate details and descriptions, the setting was a little hard to imagine. I understand how difficult it can be to creative a completely different world from our own because of the vast variation in technology, equipment, and terminology. You want to keep our world and their world separate, so describing everything from their world in their terms but somehow relating it to our world and our terms can be quite tedious. 
Though I do enjoy a little bit of backstory; however, in Spinning Starlight, I wasn't a huge fan of the flashbacks. Oftentimes, they were slow and disrupted the story. 
Overall, I thought the book was okay. I would've liked it more if there wasn't so much scientific terms and objects. Also, a short, none vague description would've been great too.

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